Winnetka is a small city with just over 10,000 people, located north of Chicago. Known for the fact that Winnetka is the wealthiest place in Illinois, the city has a combination of wonderful private and public schools, and activities for kids inside and out – important considerations for parents.
While Winnetka often gets the reputation as an idyllic place to live, there are myriad issues that may cause parents to decide to separate, creating a question of who will have custody of a shared child or children.
At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our experienced Winnetka child custody lawyers are here to advocate for you and protect your child’s best interests.
The state of Illinois recognizes two different types of custody (now known as “parental responsibilities”): physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to who is responsible for the physical care of the child, such as clothing, food, and shelter. Legal custody, on the other hand, refers to which parent has legal decision-making power as it pertains to the child’s upbringing, including education and religion, as well as other important things, such as healthcare.
Further, custody may be either joint or sole. Many parents prefer an arrangement where one parent has sole primary physical custody, but parents jointly share legal custody of the child. However, there are some situations in which both physical and legal custody are shared 50-50.
When you and your spouse are determining how custody of your child will be shared after your separation, you must submit a parenting plan. If you are in agreement, you can work together to create a parenting plan; otherwise, you will each need to submit your own separate version of the plan. A parenting plan will set forth your proposed parenting arrangement, addressing everything from custody basics to smaller issues, such as how disputes will be resolved or who will be responsible for transporting the child between parents’ houses.
Parents are strongly encouraged to work together to create a parenting arrangement. While going to court and litigating the issue is always an option, litigation is expensive, time-consuming, and can be very emotional for all parties involved, most notably, the child. Resolving disagreements through mediation and negotiation out of court with the assistance of an attorney is one of the best things that you can do for both yourself and your child.
Our experienced Winnetka child custody lawyers at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. understand how heart-wrenching child custody disputes can be. Our lawyers are here to guide you through the law, your options for creating a child custody arrangement, and working with your spouse to reach an agreement that works for everyone. Should circumstance require it, we will also be prepared to go to court and aggressively represent your interests.
To schedule a consultation with our talented Winnetka child custody lawyers, please contact us today by phone or online. Consultations are offered free of charge.